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The Vat Cometh

March 24, 2010 - 7:00pm

WASHINGTON As the night follows the day, the VAT cometh.

With the passage of Obamacare, creating a vast new middle-class entitlement, a national sales tax of the kind near-universal in Europe is inevitable.

The Biden Incident

March 17, 2010 - 7:00pm

Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in U.S.-Israeli relations?

And a gaffe it was: the announcement by a bureaucrat in the Interior Ministry of a housing expansion in a Jewish neighborhood in north Jerusalem. The timing could not have been worse: Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, Jerusalem is a touchy subject, and you dont bring up touchy subjects that might embarrass an honored guest.

In Praise of the Rotation of Power

March 10, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- As the Afghanistan War intensifies -- Marja, soon Kandahar, and the steady arrival of 30,000 new American troops -- it has come to be seen as Obama's war.

Not so. It's become America's war. When the former opposition party -- habitually anti-war for the last four decades -- adopts, reaffirms and escalates a war begun by the habitually hawkish other party, partisanship falls away, and the war becomes nationalized.

Onward, He Said, Regardless

March 4, 2010 - 6:00pm

WASHINGTON -- So the yearlong production, set to close after Massachusetts' devastatingly negative Jan. 19 review, saw the curtain raised one last time. Obamacare lives.

After 34 speeches, three sharp electoral rebukes (Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts) and a seven-hour seminar, the president announced Wednesday his determination to make one last push to pass his health care reform.

Toyota and the Price of Modernity

February 25, 2010 - 6:00pm
WASHINGTON -- Amazingly, the congressional hearings on Toyota were

relatively civilized. Apart from some inevitable theatrical hectoring, the
questioning was generally respectful, the emotions controlled. This was all
the more remarkable given the drama of some of the testimony, such as that
offered by a tearful Rhonda Smith, who recounted how, in her runaway Lexus,
she had called her husband because "I wanted to hear his voice one more
time."

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